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$9.4 million from state for bridge rehab in Oswegatchie, Potsdam

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POTSDAM - State Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell (D-Theresa) announced Friday that accelerated funding totaling $9,240,000 from the NY Works program will repair two St. Lawrence County bridges, the Maple Street spans over the Raquette River in the village of Potsdam and the Eel Weir Bridge over the Oswegatchie River in the town of Oswegatchie.

The two projects were not slated to begin until 2017 but now they will start in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

What Ms. Russell called “major bridge rehabilitation” short of full replacement will cost $5,040,000 for the Potsdam project and $4.2 million for the Oswegatchie project.

“The money is there,” she said. “Let’s get this done as soon possible.”

Local reaction was enthusiastic.

“It sounds to me like great news,” said Oswegatchie Town Board member Bruce O. LaRose.

“The village is very pleased that Assemblywoman Russell is working to help us maintain our critical infrastructure,” Potsdam Mayor Steven W. Yurgartis said in a prepared statement.

“The Maple Street bridge project is a perfect fit with our economic development plans to build a River Walk to showcase our downtown and the Raquette River. It also fits perfectly with our goal of improving pedestrian and bicycle travel in a village with 7,000 students.”

Potsdam is home to Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam.”

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